Americans are at a crossroads with the “Me Too” era. Women who allege sexual misconduct should be taken seriously while the men who are accused have the right to their day in court — but who’s telling the truth?
Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy has denied sexual misconduct allegations put forth by a piece in “Insider,” the Daily Caller reported. One 20-year-old woman gave the outlet details of an alleged violent encounter that Portnoy insisted was consensual.
The unidentified woman said she felt she was being used as a “human sex doll” and the encounter made her feel like she “was being raped” by Portnoy. She also alleged that she was was “screaming in pain.”
Portnoy denied these allegations in video statements posted to Twitter. He called it a “hit piece” and alleged that this was another example of “cancel culture” coming after him.
My Response To The Business Insider Hit Piece That Has Been 8 Months In The Making (Part 2/2) pic.twitter.com/lkKJi9i4sb
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) November 4, 2021
The controversial figure countered these claims saying he knew who the girl was from identifying parts of her story. He said he and the woman “didn’t get along We saw the world very differently,” he claimed, though Portnoy did say their tryst was “100 percent consensual.”
He called her allegations “100 percent false” as well as those of another accuser. “There’s not an ounce of credibility to it. If this woman, the reporter, wants to print and talk to all the girls I’ve actually hooked up with and known, you’re going to see just one after another, ‘great guy, respectful,’ yes, may like kinky sex,” he said of himself.
“Yes, may send sex messages things like that, both ways,” Portnoy added. “Take anything like that out of the bedroom and put it out of context, yeah, it looks f—ing weird,” he admitted.
Portnoy blamed “cancel culture” for now trying to paint him as a rapist. “Cancel culture has been coming for me for decades, this is just the next iteration,” Portnoy asserted. “The woke cancel culture wants to cancel me … I’m scared now.”
What truly happened is anyone’s guess, but there are some indisputable facts. Portnoy is open about his sexual proclivities, and the way he uses women may leave them feeling dirty and abused even if it began as consensual. However, it’s wrong for a woman to take those feelings and turn them into rape accusations if that’s not exactly what happened — cancel culture notwithstanding.